May 31 - JUNE 2, 2012
2012 GLOBAL SUMMIT OF WOMEN: A SALUTE TO GREEK WOMEN LEADERS
1,000 women leaders from 70 countries in every corner of the world came together to share winning strategies to advance women's economic lives and to ensure global prosperity. The Vice President of Vietnam, the Minister of Corrections of South Africa, the CEO of Siemens Spain, the Chief Diversity officer of Daimler, Germany, and many other dynamic women with their presence showed their confidence in the future of Greece, and spoke evocatively about the situation on the ground... a vastly different situation from the picture relayed around the world by the world's media at the time.
Due to the current economic crisis, I’ve planned for the 2012 Summit to focus on growth areas in the global economy in which women will play a pivotal role.
I chose Greece because I believe that we should be close to the place where someone may need us.
Greek women will have the chance to show another image of Greece – a more positive one – abroad.
Vice President, European Parliament
Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and CEO of three publicly listed companies in the New York Stock Exchange – Navios Holdings, Navios Partners and Navios Acquisitions – which have an enterprise value of $5 billion, was named one of Fortune’s 2011 Top 50 Global Women in Business. She is a mechanical engineer by training , who left her Wall Street job as an analyst to found her own shipping company in 2005. Credited with an ability to structure financial deals, her company grew and was issuing dividends even during the downturn when other shipping companies were trimming their sails.
Nellie Katsou started her career in 1990 by founding Pharmanel SA, a pharmaceutical company based in Athens, where she was co-owner and Managing Director until 2003. As the company grew, she was also a major shareholder in the family-owned pharmaceutical company Pharmathen SA. After her father’s death in 1993, she became Vice President of the Board of Directors and Managing Director. As a leading member, she envisioned and worked to make Pharmathen a major exporting enterprise one of the largest pharmaceuticals companies in Europe.
Maria Vlachou has been the CEO and co-owner of Fereikos Helix, a snail farming company. She received the “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award last year granted by Sir Stelios Hajiioannou. The enterprise, for which she and her sister have been recognized, produces and markets snails primarily for European consumption. In the course of building this business, the sisters have developed a network of growers throughout Greece, many of whom they have taught to farm quality snails. Her creative entrepreneurial career shows what is possible in the new Greece post-crisis.
Anastasia Makarigaki joined PepsiCo in 2008 and currently serves as Senior HR Director for the Greater Balkans (including Cyprus and Israel). She is also responsible for External Communications of PepsiCo in Greece. Her success in this role has garnered external recognition from “Investors in People” and “Best Workplaces” in Greece and Europe for four consecutive years. She brought to Pepsico more than 20 years of experience in senior roles in the retail, service and manufacturing sectors.
Sophia Economacos is the President of the National and the European Chamber Women Network. She has also been the Secretary General of the Chamber of Tradesmen of Athens, and the Vice-President of the Association of Language School Owners and is a member of the European Network of Women in Decision-Making of the European Commission. She has been awarded by the Conseil European Femmes Enterprises et Commerce and the Chambre de Commerce et d’ Industrie de Paris, as the only woman President of a Chamber in Europe, with reference and presence in Europe.
A big Thank You to Irene Natividad and the organisers,
- for choosing Greece for the very special Global Summit of Women this year!
- for sticking with their choice, when so many others were busy cancelling events and trips to Greece!
- for the vote of confidence!
For more information: Global Summit of Women